Well, it's been four weeks since the surgery! This week I've been a little...frustrated? I'm not sure that's the word, but we'll use it.
I think in the last week I've made the transition from lack-of-energy-due-to-surgery to lack-of-energy-due-to-not-moving. I feel sluggish, and was getting bored/annoyed at my workouts, because I feel like I can do more. Part of it is my fault, I think if I had been running more I would probably feel better, but I've had a hard time finding time to run since my kids are always with me, or it's late, or I'm working....the usual excuses.
I was getting frustrated at not being allowed to carry baskets of laundry around, carry groceries inside, etc. So, I admit, I've been 'cheating' since Monday. Not carrying really heavy things, but more than I'm 'supposed' to. I've picked my three-year-old up a couple times. And, next week, I plan on doing full workouts. Not using my usual weight, but more than I have been. (I'm being honest, and if later I develop a hernia or something, I'll admit my mistake!)
I'm pretty good at listening to my body, and my body is saying "Get back into it!"
I'm still a little swollen just above my large incision. I have been wearing jeans that were just a tad loose before surgery. They are pretty uncomfortable right out of the dryer, but Monday I wore them for eight hours before I felt like I needed to unbutton them! Other donors have told me their swelling took several months to go away, so I'm not concerned about it, just a little annoyed.
The 'sunburn' feeling inside my left thigh from nerve damage is 95% gone, I'd say. I'm not sure when it really diminished, but I just thought about it today and noticed it was all but gone.
People have been asking me if I am back to normal now, and I usually say that doing my day-to-day stuff, yes, I feel normal. Only occasionally do I move a certain way and feel a twinge in my abs. And no, I can't tell that I'm missing an organ. :)